Christchurch offers a warm and friendly welcome to the big landscapes of the South Island and Auckland is the gateway to the Volcanic Splendors of the North Island.
Each diverse, each with a lot to offer the overseas visitor.
New Zealand's unit of currency is the NZ dollar (NZ $). Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. All major credit cards may be used in NZ and travelers cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some retail stores.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at Banks, along main shopping streets and in shopping malls.
International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four digit PIN. Check with your bank before leaving home.
Sim cards can be purchased at the Airport on arrival. We also provide a visitor sim in our pick up pack. These suit all mobile phones. They can be topped up on the Vodafone network at local rate.
Internet hot spots are widely available throughout New Zealand at campsites, cafés and bars.
We hire out Vodafone Dongles which come with pre-loaded data and can be topped up at local rates. These can connect with the whole family's devices.
New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December through to March, whilst the coldest are June to August.
The North of NZ is subtropical and the South temperate. In summer the maximum temperature ranges between 20-30C and in winter between 10-15C. The weather is subject to variations on a daily basis. The sun is powerful throughout the year making temperatures feel much warmer than is recorded.
Rainfall levels are quiet high, especially on the West Coast and Fiordland. Wet days are evenly spread throughout the year and seasons in all regions.
We recommended you to bring with you a variety of clothing for all weathers no matter what the season. Fleeces are an excellent choice and can be combined with a lightweight waterproof jacket, for even the coldest weather. Shorts and lightweight tops should be included, as well as sunglasses and a sun hat to protect against the high UV.
High UV sunscreens (minimum SPF15) and a tropical strength fly repellent are required from November-May.
Treat these sites with the utmost respect. When visiting stay on paths and take photographs only when permission is given.